Ascent of Wheeler Peak on 2009-06-02

Climber: Melissa De Leon

Date:Tuesday, June 2, 2009
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Wheeler Peak
    Elevation:13063 ft / 3981 m

Ascent Trip Report

Experienced altitude sickness a few hours following a successful ascent of Wheeler Peak in Great Basin National Park. Wheeler peak is the second highest peak in Nevada. 3000 ft gain in 4 miles. Sparse patches of snow in the lower elevations, with considerable snow at 11,000 ft. We followed the rideline to the summit trailblazing across rock. The gear we needed consisted of insulated boots and gaiters, crampons & ice axes were not necessary. We left our ice axes at a wind shelter 1,500 ft. below the summit. It was extremely windy at both shelter along the ridge. We crossed snow at the top to get to the summit, and traversed snow to get to an alternate viewpoint. It began to lightly snow while we were on the summit, and ate lunch below the summit due to clouds that were suspect. Overall, it was an absolutely gorgeous day to summit the peak with blue skies often appearing throughout the day, although at times the clouds appeared dark and kept us moving due to the possibility of a summer thunderstorm as the day progressed. The altitude sickness was well worth the ascent.
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